Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Roubo Workbench Thoughts

 The quest for the ideal work bench is akin to the quest for the Holly Grail.  All wood workers struggle to create the perfect work space in which all things are at hand and all projects' stages flow smoothly.

 Andre Roubo wrote one of the most influential books on wood working and the testament to his talent and the value of his book is that it is still quoted and admired and his thoughts on work benches are as important now as they were  in 1770.

 I recently came across two takes on the Roubo bench and thought that I would share them with you.

   David Barron's take on the roubo work bench reflects his furniture and cabinet making skills. 

   Stumpy Nibs' bench reflects a more blue collar, maybe even red neck interpretation of the classic roubo. His bench however is still a serious alternative plan for someone outfitting a shop on a budget.
Stumpy Nibs 2X6 Roubo

  If you don't have the time or inclination you can buy work bench kits or components. There are all sorts of permutations  and combinations when it comes to bench bits and pieces. 

  Whatever you decide, keep working.  And be open to new ideas and work spaces.

cheers, ianw


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